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"Jag fick inte det svar jag hoppades på."

Translation:I did not get the answer I was hoping for.

January 5, 2015



Why is it "det svar" and not "svaret" here?


I am wondering this as well.


And so was I, then I saw Blehg explained it here: www.duolingo.com/comment/6300369

Thanks Blehg!


"When you have "den/det" + indefinite noun, there should always be a relative clause following it."


Why not "I didn't get the answer I'd hoped for"?


Different tense - "I had hoped" vs "I was hoping".


Why not? I didn't get that answer I was hoping for.


So, where is the relative clause in this sentence?


Please see Blehg's comment in the reverse thread: www.duolingo.com/comment/6300369


'I was hoping for' and 'I hoped for' are both okay, but what is the difference in English between these two times :'D


There's not much difference, they both mean something in the past and can in most cases be used interchangeably. I think there's a tendency to use the continuous (the '-ing') form in conversation more. The two main reasons to use the continuous past are to show an action in the past that started before the point in time being described (e.g. "It was raining when I stepped outside", where it's clear the rain started further into the past than the stepping outside) or to show an action in the past that went on for a significant length of time, rather than just a moment (e.g. "I was looking for my keys" vs. "I looked up when I heard the door").

So for this sentence, the difference is very slight, but "I was hoping for" gives more of an impression of someone hoping for something over a period of time, whereas "I hoped for" suggests hope for something at a moment in time. I wouldn't use "I hoped for" very often, because hope is usually an on-going feeling, but I might say something like "I hoped for a miracle when I opened the letter" to show a decisive moment of hope. On the other hand, if it's something I wanted for a while, it feels much more natural to use the continuous past and say something like "I was hoping for some good weather at last".


Thank you for the brief explanation!

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